Google reportedly working on 10-inch tablet Nexus tablet with Samsung

Google is reportedly working with Samsung to develop a 10-inch version of its popular Nexus Tablet

The rumored iPad Mini is largely being positioned as a device meant to thwart smaller and cheaper tablets like the Google Nexus 7 from garnering any significant market share in the tablet space. Indeed, while the iPad still has a commanding lead in the tablet market, smaller and more affordable devices have proven to be a hit with consumers, prompting Apple's decision to get into that end of the market as well.

And while Apple is busying itself with an iPad Mini, it seems that Google is looking to come out with an even larger version of its popular Google Nexus 7 tablet.

CNET is reporting that Google is working on a 10-inch Nexus tablet that may even sport a pixel density greater than what Apple touts in its third-generation iPad.

The 10.1-inch tablet will boast a pixel density that is higher than Apple's third-generation iPad, said Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch.

The 2,560x1,600 display will have a PPI (pixels per inch) of about 299, said Shim. That tops the 264 PPI on the 9.7-inch 2,048x1,536 Retina iPad.

"It's going to be a high-end device," Shim said -- in contrast with Google's $199 Nexus 7 and upcoming $99 tablet.

But probably the biggest news is the partnership with Samsung. "They'll partner with Samsung and cobrand it with Samsung," Shim said.

Note that the Galaxy Nexus 7 was done in partnership with Asus.

It remains to be seen when this rumored 10.1-inch tablet will see the light of day and whether or not it'll be available in time for the holiday shopping season. Equally as important is the price point. Apple currently sells its entry level third-generation iPad for $499 and its second-generation iPad for just $399. That said, Google's rumored tablet will have to be priced rather aggressively to compete with Apple. Indeed, Google's Nexus 7 thus far has only been able to succeed because it's priced well below any iPad Apple is currently selling.

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